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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Painting shadows in nontransparent areas

Painting shadows in nontransparent areas

In this part of the lesson, you'll lock transparency on the Leaf layer to restrict your painting so you can only add shadows to colored pixels on the leaves and not to any transparent pixels between them.

1.
In the Layers palette, select the Leaf layer.

2.
In the Color palette, select a dark green color.

3.
Use the paintbrush tool ( ) to paint a long stroke across several of the leaves.

Notice how your paintbrush stroke applies the dark green color everywhere it touches.

4.
Choose Edit > Undo Paintbrush.

5.
At the top of the Layers palette, click the Lock check box next to the Transparency icon ( ) to lock transparency for the selected Leaf layer.



6.
Paint another long stroke across the leaves.

Notice how your paintbrush stroke does not apply the dark green color to transparent areas between the leaves.


Original image



Paint stroke on unlocked layer



Paint stroke on locked transparency layer


7.
Choose Edit > Undo Paintbrush again.

8.
Now, with the Leaf layer's transparency locked, paint dark green shadows behind the flowers and the leaves. (We used a Hard Round 5 Pixels brush. See the end file 04End.psd for comparison.)

9.
In the Layers palette, enter 80% in the Opacity text box to decrease the opacity of the selected Leaf layer.

10.
Choose File > Save.

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